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Pritha Manchanda May 19 2014

Which are the 5 unknown facts about Viraatkhai, Uttarakhand?

Anupriya Bedi May 19 2014
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Here are 5 unknown facts about Viraatkhai. Viraatkhai is an unexplored hill station near the popular destinations Mussoorie and Chakrata. So knowing about this quaint little village will surely make for an interesting and informative read.

1.) Viraatkhai is a small village located on a pass at an altitude of 6,400 meters, overlooking Dehradun and Mussoorie on one side and Himalayan peaks on the other, in the Jaunsar-Bawar region of north-east Uttarakhand

Photo of Viraatkhai (from the Official Website)

2.) Viraatkhai gets its name from its association with King Viraat of the Mahabharata.

3.) Diwali is celebrated here a month later than it is in the rest of India for it is said that the news of Lord Ram’s homecoming to Ayodhya took a longer time to reach this remote region.

Photo of Diwali Diyas (by Indian Hillbilly)

4.) In villages around Viraatkhai the tradition of Panchali is still prevalent. As per this custom, all brothers in a family marry the same woman, just as Draupadi was married to the five Pandavas. The rationale behind this is apparently to keep the family together. However, these traditions are slowly dying out.

5.) ‘Stinging nettle’ also called as ‘bichoo ghaas’ in the Garhwal region is a local delicacy. It’s amazing how a leaf that stings so badly when on the stem turns out so delicious when cooked.

Photo of Stinging Nettle Plant (by Uwe H. Friese)

These were 5 unknown facts about Viraatkhai. The next time you plan a visit to Mussoorie or Chakrata, do plan a day’s excursion to this beautiful and unexplored hill station.
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